Blue Devils look to take on the Mustangs


Tierra Mahute

The Blue Devils shake hands after a game.

Christina Kowalski, Sports Writer

Saturday Bellwood-Antis, the number 5 seed in the District 6 Class A playoffs, will be traveling to Portage to face the number 4 seeded Mustangs.

Heading into the game the Blue Devils will have momentum after coming off of two shutout victories, while the Mustangs are coming off of a 51-6 loss to Berlin Brothers Valley.

The Mustangs’ offense, which focuses on running the ball, has scored 53 rushing touchdowns to their three receiving touchdowns.  The Mustangs have rushed for 3,484 yards with 1,062 of those yards coming from junior running back Braedon St Clair.

The Blue Devil defense will need to be on top of their game, making tackles near the line of scrimmage, if they want to win on Saturday night.  Although Bellwood-Antis has come a long way since the beginning of the season when they were struggling to make tackles, to now having 36 tackles for a loss anything could happen on Saturday night.  They will need to come out strong in the first quarter and put both halves together in order to win.

The Blue Devil offense should be able to produce points this week due to their ability to spread the offense.  Quarterback Jarrett Taneyhill has been consistently passing the ball and with Jake Burch running the ball the Blue Devils have been able to score touchdowns both on the ground and in the air.  The offensive line will be key this week in order to give Taneyhill time to complete his passes.

The Portage defense, which has only given up 162 points this year, will give the Blue Devil offense all they can handle as they try to stop both the pass and the run game.  The Mustangs average 1.3 interceptions per game, 3.1 sacks per game, and have forced four fumbles, while making only 4 tackles for loss so far this year.

As long as everything comes together for the Blue Devils they should be able to come out with the win Saturday night.